West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Week of September 25th-October 1st, 2017


Hello West Bloomfield Marching Band families!

We have some very important fundraising going on this week. All of the important Tag Day details as well as information regarding our Bulb Sale are listed below. Please also check out two very important sign-up genius sites: TAG DAY volunteers and PIT CREW volunteers.

Have a fantastic week!





Tag Day is an important fundraiser for our band program. It helps connect us to our community by sharing our music with the public and raising awareness of our wonderful band program.

Tag Day will be held at Busch Market 33300 W 14 Mile Rd (at Farmington Road) and Plum Market 6565 Orchard Lake Rd (at Maple Road).

Friday, September 29th from 4:30pm to 7pm

Saturday, September 30th from 10am to 5:30pm

Sunday, October 1st from 10am to 5pm

On Tag Day, groups of 3 students play their instruments and solicit donations from shoppers at local grocery stores. It is important that we have an adult volunteer for each shift. When the tradition started many years ago, donors were given tags in thanks, and the event came to be known as “Tag Day”. We need every student to work a shift. Click on the following link to sign up. We are in need of much more help. Thanks in advance for signing up!



This fundraiser is going on now!

Funds will go to help pay for sectional teachers in preparation for MSBOA Festival in March.  NEW: Student account split!  80% of BBAWB profit to go to student accounts!

Ordering online is easy! Make your selections, provide billing and shipping information, and choose a secure method of payment (credit card or PayPal).  Items you select will be sent directly to the shipping address you provide.  Items will be shipped Ground and will arrive within 1-2 weeks. Follow the link to order online:


Catalog Sales
You may also order from our paper catalog by contacting one of our students in a concert band class.  The paper catalog sale runs from September 18 through October 6!

Questions about the bulb sale? Email fundraising@wbbands.info
Questions about student accounts?  Email studentaccounts@wbbands.info.
Thanks you for your support!


Pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept 27, starting at 2:30. We will start with the High School students first. We will finish pictures once the middle school students arrive. Everyone will take an individual photo whether they plan to purchase one or not. There will also be a group photo taken. If you did not get a picture order form, they will be in Mr. Mielen’s office.


Please check out the 2017 event list. PIT Crew is needed for each event. Take a look and sign up in advance. Thanks to those of you that have already signed up!




Join Us for Middle School Drum Club! Starts tomorrow, September 25th

Who: Middle School Band Students in Grades 6 – 8 are invited to participate in Monday Drum Club! This club is geared specifically toward students in the percussion sections of all OLMS and AMS bands. However, any student who is interested in learning the fundamentals of marching-style percussion is welcome to attend!
What: This class will be taught by professional, award winning instructors from West Bloomfield Percussion.
Where: West Bloomfield High School Band Room (south side of building). Students may ride the activities bus to WBHS

Session 1
Dates: Mondays – Sept 25, Oct 2, Oct 9, Oct 16, Oct 23 & Oct 30, 2017
Students are invited to march in the Homecoming Parade!

Session 2
Dates: Mondays – April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, June 4 & June 11, 2018

Cost:  $25 per session ($40, if signing up for both sessions).  Make checks payable to “BBAWB”.  Fee will cover the cost of instruction.  Students will receive a pair of Vic Firth drum sticks.
Time:  Classes are 2 hours, from 3:30 – 5:30pm
Transportation:  Yes!  Students may ride the activities bus from the middle schools to WBHS!

TO REGISTER:  Print the form at the following site, fill it out and return it to your student’s band teacher. http://wbbands.info/west-bloomfield-percussion/middle-school-percussion/



Date: Monday, October 2, 2017
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Where: Abbott and OLMS Middle School Band Rooms
What: Learn to play the WBHS fight song and “stand tunes”…and…learn to march or spin a flag before participating in the Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 6.
Who: All 7th and 8th grade students – NOT JUST BAND STUDENTS! Bring your instrument and a friend!

RSVP or Questions: Email the workshop coordinator at: christinelong@mac.com

Download permission form at http://wbbands.info/homecoming/


Monthly Parent Meeting

The BBAWB Parent meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:00pm in the High School I-Center. See you there!

Marching Band Banquet


2017 Marching Band Banquet is November 19th!


Winter Invitational:


On Saturday, February 3, 2018, West Bloomfield Bands will host our winter invitational. Last year 81 groups performed at our show. Our concessions and admissions served over a thousand performers and spectators. This is the most important fundraiser of the year for the band program! In order to host the show, we need many volunteers. Please plan to help us on that day.


THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE (September 25th –October 1st)

The Band Boosters uses Google Calendar. A link to the full calendar can be found on our website. To add BBAWB events to your calendar on your computer or smart phone, click on the “+Google Calendar” icon located at the bottom right of the calendar.


Monday Sept. 25th:

  • Bulb Sale fundraiser
  • Drum Club grades 6-8 3:30pm-5:30pm

Tuesday Sept. 26th:

  • Marching Band Rehearsal 3:30-6:30pm
  • Front Ensemble Rehearsal 5:00-8:00pm
  • BBAWB Board Meeting 7:00pm at the HS
  • Bulb Sale fundraiser

Wednesday Sept. 27th:

  • – Marching Band Pictures start at 2:30
  • – Full Marching Band Rehearsal 3:30pm-6:30pm
  • – Bulb Sale fundraiser

Thursday Sept. 28th:

  • Full Marching Band Rehearsal 3:30pm – game time
  • Football Game –vs- Oxford 5:00-10:00pm
  • Bulb Sale fundraiser

Friday Sept. 29th:

  • – Tag Day 4:30-7:00pm
  • – Bulb Sale fundraiser

Saturday Sept. 30th:

  • – Color Guard Practice 10:00am-3:00pm
  • – Tag Day 10:00am-5:30pm
  • Bulb Sale fundraiser

Sunday Oct. 1st:

  • Tag Day 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Bulb Sale fundraiser



Scrips: Earn money for your student account by purchasing scrip! For more information, click here. Scrip Split: 60% to student accounts: 40% to WB Boosters. To sign up and learn more, visit the Great Lakes Scrip website.

Band Merchandise: Show your Laker Pride! Go to wbbands.info/band-merchandise today! A portion of every sale goes to West Bloomfield Bands.

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